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Vacancy Notice No: EURO/13/SSA1
Title: Communications Coordinator (ONLY nationals of Montenegro are eligible)
Contract type: Special Service Agreement
Duration of contract:  Initial contract until end of April 2013 (extension up to 12 months*)
Date: 15 January 2013
Application Deadline: 31 January 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Podgorica, Montenegro, Republic of
Organization unit: EUCO Operations in Countries (EU_ACO) /
EU_MNE WHO Country Office, Montenegro (EU_MNE)
Division oh Health Systems and Public Health
Blood transfusion is one of the fields of interest included in the set of European Community laws that Member States and candidate countries are expected to adopt and enforce. In this respect, the reform of the blood transfusion service to ensure compliance with European requirements has been stated as one of the Ministry of Health priorities.

The project "Implementation of the European Blood Transfusion System" builds on the recent achievements of Montenegro within the framework of South Eastern Europe (SEE) blood safety project aimed at increasing quality and regional self sufficiency in the provision of safe blood and blood products (within the SEE health network initiative). It is complementing and ensuring the successful continuation of efforts to date, aimed at establishing a modern system for blood transfusion harmonized with the EU standards.

According to the Montenegro National Program for Voluntary Blood Donation, only 2.47 % of total population is blood donors. The prevalence of the replacement donations is much higher (70% versus 30% of non-remunerated voluntary blood donations). Also, 89 % are male donors whereas the share of rural population among voluntary blood donator is insignificant (19 %). Most of donors are between 35 and 55 years old. Considering the unsatisfactory level and structure of blood donors, an urgent need has been recognized to exert considerable efforts in order to increase the level of information on safe blood donation. This will include continuous activities aimed at informing and educating the identified target groups to raise their awareness on importance of voluntary blood donation and ensure they develop and accept new values and personal attitude on voluntary blood donation.
WHO is the lead implementing agency for the project and works through the dedicated programme management unit (PMU), consisting of a full time project coordinator and project assistant. The capacity of the PMU is enhanced by an international consultant to provide field technical lead. The purpose of this arrangement is to embed capacity development under the project, while ensuring adequate resources to coordinate the technical content.

General objective of the assignment:
Increasing the level of voluntary blood donations through raising awareness and influencing public views of the significance of voluntary blood donations.

Description of duties:
Specific objectives:

The World Health Organization (WHO) seeks to engage temporary Communications Coordinator, to facilitate coordination of project activities aimed at promoting voluntary blood donation in Montenegro. The Communications Coordinator will act as a focal person for building and strengthening the relationships with Montenegrin governmental and non-governmental organizations involved in the communications campaign implementation. The Communications Coordinator will liaise and work closely with the Blood Transfusion Institute (BTI), the National Committee for promotion of voluntary blood donations and the Working Group tasked to deal with program development and capacity building of the institutions and organizations which will conduct educational-motivational activities in the area of VBD in Montenegro.

Requested services, including suggested methodology:

The Communications Coordinator is expected to coordinate and support activities related to:

1. Setting up a Network of organizations of professionals and volunteers for the promotion of voluntary blood donations, including development of the Network's Work Program;
2. Public opinion survey on citizen's perception on blood donation significance and their personal attitude.
3. Development of the Communication strategy for raising public awareness on significance of voluntary blood donations as per the VBD Communication strategy;

During the project implementation, efforts should be made to strengthen communication skills and capacities of the Communications Coordinator.

Required outputs
Without limiting the generalities of the foregoing, the PR Coordinator is expected to perform the following functions:

- Support the Blood Transfusion Institute and the Network for VBD Promotion as the central liaison point with Montenegrin government entities and stakeholders involved in the communications campaign enabling closer alignment and synergy amongst collaborating parties,
- Monitor implementation of the for Public Opinion Survey (KAP) on citizen's perception on voluntary blood donation significance and their personal attitude in Montenegro,
- Bearing in mind the communication objectives, facilitate dialogue on development of the VBD Communication strategy and its action plan,
- Implement and where necessary facilitate implementation of the Communication strategy and its action plan, by overseeing external PR agencies to ensure proper dissemination, implementation and co-ordination of the public awareness activities from inception through to completion
- Ensure timely dissemination of relevant inputs and instructions to all stakeholders involved in communications campaign implementation,
- Monitor and report on the implementation of the communications campaign,
- Facilitate work and participation of the consultants/Working Group in developing effective promotional VBD materials
- Track, maintains and disseminates database of assets for coordinated campaigns,
- Coordinate and support organization of the VBD promotional activities by the Blood Transfusion Institute and liaise with Red Cross and VBD clubs to incorporate blood donations activities in their yearly plans,
- Update and monitor the BTI's website content to ensure information is relevant and timely if designed throughout a Projects life,
- Do media clipping,
- Write news releases,
- Provide information for the thematic media mix,
- Organize and lead media pool: develop the framework for news coverage of the reform, invite the media pool, inform the media pool prior to each important event.

The Communications Coordinator will work in the office space provided by the Blood Transfusion Institue (BTI) in Podgorica and and will be provided with all the necessary office infrastructure to carry out his/her duties (without limiting the generalities of the already mentioned office space, computer, telephone line and internet access, printer, scanner, copy machine, office supplies, etc.). All Blood Transfusion Institute staff members are required to provide relevant information and materials to the Coordinator.

Reporting & Supervision:
The Coordinator is expected to work closely with the International consultant for promotion of VBD, Communications Working group and under technical guidance of the team leader. The Coordinator will report directly to the technical units at the WHO, Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen and the Project Coordinator in Montenegro. The Communications Coordinator shall work under the direct supervision of technical units in Copenhagen, to which he/she reports in relation to the above mentioned tasks.
University degree in social sciences, preferably in Journalism, Communications, or Public Relations
- Excellent communication skills (both written and oral);
- Strong time-management and organizational skills;
- Flexibility and ability to multitask;
- Computer, desktop publishing skills;
- Creativity to communicate in different ways;
- Excellent interpersonal skills;
- Ability to form and maintain relationships through teamwork and networking.
At least 5-7 years of experience in the area of communications.

Experience with international donors and similar projects. Experience in the health sector.

Excellent command of the English language (Speak, read, write).
Additional Information:
WHO has an online recruitment system. Therefore, ONLY applications submitted on-line at will be accepted.

All on-line applications are automatically acknowledged. If you do not receive an e-mail within 24 hours confirming receipt of your application, you should verify your on-line profile. In case of repeated difficulties, contact by e-mail indicating the vacancy title and number in the subject line.

This is a local position - therefore, ONLY applications from nationals of Montenegro will be accepted. Please REFRAIN from applying if you are not a national of Montenegro.

Short-listed candidates will be contacted for a written test and/or presentation prior to interview.

WHO does not cover any expenses related to participation in tests and/or interviews. Interviews will take place using a competency-based approach.

Institutional arrangements:
The Communications Coordinator will be locally recruited by WHO, Regional Office for Europe. The incumbent will be engaged by the Organization under a Special Services Agreement (hereinafter "SSA")

As per WHO policy, a person with whom a SSA is concluded does not have the status of WHO staff member and is not covered by the WHO Staff Regulations and Staff Rules. He/She shall not particiapte in the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund. The rights and obligations of SSA holders are strictly limited by the terms and conditions of the SSA to which they are signatories.

* The first 3 months will be a probationary period. Extension of contract up to 12 months subject to funding and satisfactory performamce.

Salary will be paid a on a monthly basis in accordance with an agreed rate.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

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All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

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Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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